Media Centre Automation

Today, being Saturday and having a bit of spare time on my hands, seemed like a brilliant idea to have a go at furthering my “skills” with the Amazon Alexa gadget. This time, I wanted to see how an integration between Alexa and the KODI media centre would be like. In simple terms, the workflow is […]

Amazon Alexa skills

Having the Amazon Echo Dot for a while now, I thought it’s about time to see how the “skills development” for Alexa works. So far that was really simple, but in all fairness, it is a simple skill to develop. I named the skill “your favourite dog”, so you can invoke it with a simple […]

Magento 2 Fundamentals

Yey! Finally managed to complete the “Fundamentals of M2 Development”  training course, and since it’s not yet a certification, it’s a nice to have on your cv. It consists of 6 units (modules), and after each one there’s a mini-test. So yeah, good to have, as I said. Comments

Old school

Wow, my last post on this blog was more than 1 year ago! Anyway, this post is about this year’s Christmas present that I got. Everyone who knows me know that I’m a kind of a “music freak”. Obviously, my wife knows this too 🙂 And she got me a turntable this year. She noticed […]

Magento Certified. Plus!

Recently (Thursday, 5/Nov/2015 to be more precise), had my Magento Developer Plus certification exam. After having my “normal” Magento developer certification in 2012, this one was long overdue, really. According to Magento, “you can now list yourself among an elite group of Magento professionals who have demonstrated their superior skills by passing the exam. Whether […]

Magento template path hints in adminhtml

I know this is all over the net, but I’ll post it here for my own reference. So this is how you enable the template hints in the admin: connect to your database, an execute the following query: To disable them after you’re done, just set the new paths (dev/debug/template_hints and dev/debug/template_hints_blocks) to 0. Simples! […]

Nginx / php-fpm timeout

So, I’m working on a Magento upgrade on a LEMP stack server, and in spite of changing  to 1 hour (3600s), was still giving me the ugly “502 Bad Gateway” message. Foud that there is a setting in PHP-FPM that should to hand-in-hand with the one in nginx,  to be more specific. Increased that to […]

Mage Titans

If you are a Magento developer, you pretty much know what this post is about. If you were last Saturday (1.Nov.2014) in the Manchester area, you definitely know what this post is going to be about. If you don’t… well.. sorry for you! 🙂 This post is not going to be another review of the […]

Digital Business of the Year :: Space 48

I’ll start this one with saying what I always say when asked about my work: very proud to be part of the amazing team at Space 48, we’re making digital history there! 🙂 Joke aside now, recently we won a pretty important award in the North-West, an award that doesn’t recognises only one project of […]

Mage registry key “_singleton/core/resource” already exists

Ever had the “Mage registry key “_singleton/core/resource” already exists” error in Magento and can’t get rid of it? First of all, if you search this on Google, don’t believe anything you read in the first 2-3 pages of results (pages > 3 don’t matter anyway, that’s a black hole…). Even found a champ claiming to […]